Miley Cyrus' dad, Billy Ray Cyrus, has finally weighed in on the controversy surrounding the "We Can't Stop" singer's performance at the MTV Video Music Awards. The younger Cyrus dressed in a nude two-piece outfit and grinded and twerked all over Robin Thicke during a duet of his hit, "Blurred Lines," and all while holding a giant foam finger that was put in suggestive places.
But Billy Ray apparently had no issues with his daughter's actions, according to Miley Cyrus herself. "'Mile, if twerkin woulda been invented.... And I had a foam finger.... I woulda done the same thang you did.' - DAD" she tweeted on Wednesday.
Of course, we cannot be sure if Billy Ray Cyrus actually said this quote, though it would not surprise us. Billy Ray publicly supported his daughter in an interview with ET Online.
"Of course I'll always be here for Miley," he said. "Can't wait to see her when she gets home. She's still my little girl and I'm still her Dad regardless how this circus we call show business plays out. I love her unconditionally and that will never change."
Earlier this week, the "Achy Breaky Heart" singer also seemingly replied to his daughter's critics with a post on Twitter. "Thanking God for so many blessings tonight," he wrote. "Continue to pray for world peace. More love ...less hate."
Since this tweet came just hours after Miley Cyrus' VMA performance went viral, most assumed that this was Billy Ray Cyrus' response to the dancing. But he later clarified that this message was actually in reference to the murders taking place in Syria this week.
"Anyone expecting the VMAs to have Growing Pains sensibilities does not watch videos and should be familiar with content before watching with children," he wrote. "Don't complain, supervise!"
But Robin Thicke's mother was much less approving. "I just keep thinking of her mother and father watching this," actress Gloria Loring told omg! Yahoo. "Oh, Lord, have mercy. ... I was not expecting her to be putting her butt that close to my son. The problem is now I can never 'unsee' it."
The man who invented the foam finger was also not amused. Steve Chemlar, who first created the prop at the age of 16, criticized Cyrus' use of the "honorable icon."
"I would say that it certainly misrepresented its intent to encourage team support," Chmelar told Fox Sports. "She took an honorable icon that is seen in sporting venues everywhere and degraded it. Fortunately, the foam finger has been around long enough that it will survive this incident. As for Miley Cyrus, let's hope she can outlive this event and also survive."
Watch video below of Miley Cyrus twerking with Robin Thicke at the VMAs.